My name is Ashley, I recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelors degree in General Science. My entire life I've had the mind set that after college came either a job, or more school both ideas that did not sound amusing to me. So I am going on a 8-10 week excursion with my boyfriend and some friends to Europe! this will be my first time leaving the country and believe it or not only my second time flying in a plane. (my first time was only a year ago.) So I am extremely new at traveling which is why I am determined to not be one of those who go and spend a lot of money on the tourist things but rather someone who enjoys the real experience, culture and people.
So if anyone has any great tips let me know! We are going with only a "rough" itinerary we want to be able to have flexibility. As of now we know we are flying into Zurich early September and our only reservations as of now are Oct 3-6th in Munich for the last weekend of Oktoberfest (that's around my birthday so its my birthday present to myself.) Then from there we are kind of making a circle to include northern Germany, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Madrid, Lesboa, Barcelona, Nice, Cinqua Terra, Florence, Rome, Southern Italy, then Croatia.
I really want to be able to go to Morocco and parts of Africa as well, but thats depending on time. I am really not interested in being indoors, although there are some Cathedrals, Castels, and Museums I do want to see I mostly want to be able to hike, climb, walk, and venture into the scenery. I am an avid hiker, climber, and wilderness lover so I intend on seeing those aspects of Europe before the indoor stuff.